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Diabetes and Nutrition

 

My diet is really good these days because I love how it makes me feel, but this wasn’t always the case. Beginning in college, it was the worst diet imaginable, with a serious addiction to sugar – and food in general.

The irony is that I ate junk food while studying nutrition, but then, so did everyone else. – this was the late 1960s. We were taught to eat from the 4 food groups – meat, dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables, and rationalized that fries, shake, and a burger with lettuce and tomato was a balanced diet.

Few people were overweight back then, despite lack of exercise and consuming plenty of white bread, cola, and sugar, because most weren’t dealing with gut dysbiosis and toxic overload, like they are now.

Doctors didn’t believe food had anything to do with disease, and people just didn’t think about being healthy or fit. 

I stayed thin most of the time due to an (undiagnosed) hyperactive thyroid, so figured it didn’t matter what I ate. While avoiding diabetes (borderline at one point), I battled low blood sugar and never felt good. My wake-up call was chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness – among other conditions!

Fortunately, my health began to turn around with a gradual change in diet, and I was able to completely heal with Homeopathic Medicine.

These days, I feel amazing and don’t even like most sweets. Following is the diet that got me on track. It is also what I put clients with blood sugar issues on during my years of clinical nutrition practice. Those who stayed with it reported more energy, clearer thought processes, better digestion, and an enhanced sense of well-being. They frequently lost weight as well. 

 

  • Foods high in chromium can naturally balance out blood glucose levels. Broccoli is the very best – and broccoli sprouts, even better. Raw cheese, green beans and grass-fed beef are also rich in chromium.
  • All (non-GMO) vegetables are good for you, but eat less of the starchy ones like sweet, red, and white potatoes, carrots, and corn. Buy organic and local when you can.
  • Beans, especially black, kidney and limas are high in fiber to stabilize blood sugar.
  • Coconut oil can help balance blood sugar levels and is good for a host of other conditions.
  • Wild-caught fish contain omega-3 fats and reduce inflammation, which can help counteract some of the negative effects of elevated blood glucose. These include sardines, mackerel, and wild-caught (not wild) salmon (avoid Pacific ocean fish). Don’t like fish? Try a supplement.
  • Herbs and spices like cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley may also help balance blood sugar levels.

  • Micro-greens contain four to six times the beneficial nutrients – including antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene – of the mature leaves of the same vegetables. They are so easy to plant and take just a few days before you can start munching. I like broccoli greens the best, but include radishes, chard, arugula, kale and collards in the mix for variety.
  • Avocados, berries, nuts, and seeds are high in fiber, so help slow down glucose absorption. Nuts and seeds should be dry roasted – no oil – or raw.  Berries are heavily sprayed, so you may want to buy organic

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A diet of whole foods, combined with lifestyle changes, can minimize your chances of developing diabetes. In many cases, this diet has even reversed type 2. Why not give it a try for 30 to 90 days – What have you got to lose?

 


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